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Tips For Choosing French Doors

When adding French doors to your home you will need to know what to look for in order to get the best quality possible. There are some things you will need to consider before you buy your French doors so here are some tips you can look at before you go shopping.

When making home improvements, French doors can really add a traditional, elegant touch. You can have them leading out to your garden or you can add them to a conservatory to give your home a classic look. Often buyers will be more enticed by a home which has French doors but it is also important to know what you are looking for before you buy. Here are some tips on choosing your new French doors.

French-Doors

Which Way Will They Open?

You will have to think this through before you have your new French doors installed. You may have lots of space inside your conservatory or your home and, therefore, you can have them installed to open inwards. This also provides you with more room on your patio if you have one. The most common French doors open outwards as they allow for more space indoors. Remember to specify this when you have your PVC French doors or wooden doors installed, with outward swinging doors, you may need an overhang for bad weather.

Materials

You can choose from traditional pine, mahogany or oak French doors or you can go for PVC. PVC French doors require less upkeep as they don’t need to be stained or painted and they are well insulated with more stability than wooden doors. You could also go for composite doors which are highly durable. The glass in your doors can be opaque which allows the light inside but no one can see into your home or conservatory. If you are worried about someone breaking in through your French doors then you can request impact resistant glass to eliminate the possibility of theft and destruction of property.

Security

Although French doors may look appealing, many people may be opposed to them for security reasons. They are mainly made of glass but there are some measures you can take to make them more secure. As mentioned before, choose your glass wisely. The glass will be double glazed for insulation but you can also go for impact resistant glass to prevent a break-in. Have the hinges installed so that they face inside your home as they can be removed by potential thieves if they are facing outwards. You can also have a deadbolt installed to deter potential thieves. A double deadbolt lock is even more secure if you have a lot of valuables in your home.

PVC French doors are a great addition to any home but they will also add value to it if you are thinking of selling. They are also incredibly welcoming for your guests and provide easy access to your garden. Remember to measure accurately for your new French doors and choose the style that suits the aesthetic in your home.

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